Tin Can Customs Enforcement Unit Allegedly Frustrating Compt Nnadi’s Time Release Studies

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Compt Dera Nnadi

Compt Dera Nnadi

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Freight forwarders operating at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos have accused the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service of frustrating the Time Release Studies (TRS) recently launched by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.

The TRS is a World Customs Organization (WCO) concept which the customs launched recently with Compt Dera Nnadi, Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Command as its Chairman.

Speaking with our correspondent, scores of freight forwarders at the Tin Can command on Tuesday lamented that unnecessary interventions by the enforcement unit of the command is putting a spanner in the wheel of efforts put in place by the Area Controller.

One of them, Mr Kehinde Unnotoyi alleged that duly cleared cargoes are being intercepted by the enforcement unit after leaving customs system, at the point of obtaining TDO’s

“This is something that we need to draw the attention of the CAC to, if Tin Can is the pilot port for Time Release Study, and the WCO said they want a record of the study within a specific period, it would not be right that Tin Can port is now involving in delay of cargoes

“What we are seeing is that enforcement unit are intercepting containers already released by all necessary officers, including valuation, and they would tell you the value is low

“After going through all the rigorous process and payments, at the point of writing your TDO (Terminal Delivery Order) the enforcement unit at the Tin Can Port would block the cargo from being released

“These jobs are time based, after visiting enforcement unit, they would tell you that the value of the cargo is low, this is a cargo that has already been cleared by the valuation unit and all releasing officers have appended their signatures, just remaining for you to pick your cargo.

“This unnecessary intervention delays your cargo by several days, and they begin to demand for unreasonable amount of money like N500,000 for settlement, most of all these attitudes are pushing a lot of clients away from the port” Unnotoyi alleged

Also speaking, another clearing agent, Mr Tope Adekunle said the Time Release Studies has indicated the alloted time a document can stay on a particular table before it is released.

According to him, the enforcement unit holding on to already cleared cargoes by the valuation unit is defeating the very essence of the Time Release Studies.

“Going to the enforcement unit, the question they would ask you is on value of the cargo, but the same document has gone to valuation unit earlier, these are custodians of value and they have cleared it.
What is the role of enforcement unit? This is duplication of duty because already there is valuation unit with a Deputy Comptroller on duty that knows his onions.

“The job has exited, the gate has signed off on it, but enforcement are sending blockage to terminal operators, which is outside customs settings

“I don’t think the Compt Dera is aware of this, because he shouldn’t allow such things, this is not happening at any other ports. He should go through their blockade for the last one month. The enforcement unit has now become a mecca that agents visit everyday”

However, when our correspondent contacted the Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port, Compt Dera Nnadi, he urged freight forwarders with any genuine complaints to channel their grievances with documentation to the Public Relations Officer of the command.

Compt Nnadi in response to injuries by our correspondent said “The appropriate place for frieght forwarders to submitt complaints is the PRO office or that of the CAC. It is a bit discomforting for the complainant to resort to the media when these two options have not been explored.

“Kindly request the complainant to approach the two above with their documents for a better understanding of their challenge”

The Comptroller however reiterated that Tincan Command of Nigeria Customs Service remains committed to trade facilitation and timely release of legitimate goods from the port.

The Time Release Studies is a scientific way of measuring the time it takes between the time of arrival of goods and the time of clearance.

With the implementation of the Time Release Studies, the customs, terminal operators, shipping companies and all other stakeholders are expected to work towards 24-hour cargo clearance to make Nigeria the hub in West and Central Africa region.

4 thoughts on “Tin Can Customs Enforcement Unit Allegedly Frustrating Compt Nnadi’s Time Release Studies

  1. SO TRUE AND VERY TRUE.
    DUPLICATION OF EFFORT IS UNNECESSARY.
    IT HINDERS REAL TIME PROGRESS.

    THE ENFORCEMENT UNIT SHOULD BUG OFF THE WAY AND ALLOW FREE FLOW OF RELEASED CARGOES OUT OF THE PORT ON TIME.

    CURRENTLY, WE ARE A LIVING EXAMPLE OF THIS CLUTTERED INTERFERENCE. GOODS RELEASED,BUT YET NOT RELEASED AND FREE TO GO.

  2. I think something need to be done most expecially tincan command, the way clearing and forwarding job are being handled there is poor, terminal charges are on the high side, still enforcement delays jobs that has been released, please we should all take note because it’s really affecting the economy of this country thanks

    1. All they want is money. No matter how much duty you pay,they alert your shipment and delay you. They’re an embarrassment.

  3. I also had the horrible experience with the enforcement unit. At the point of terminal delivery order at TICT,they blocked my shipment and on getting to their office they claimed I had discrepancies.

    This is after my shipment habe been exited. The service stinks with corruption. It’s a shame.

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